By: PR NewswireDec. 4, 2009 06:03 PMLOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the appalling Grammy nomination for Buju Banton, a performer whose music promotes the violent murder of LGBT people, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Chief Public Affairs Officer Jim Key issued the following statement:"We're shocked that Buju Banton, a singer with a long record of performing a song that glorifies the murder of gay people, would be honored with a Grammy nomination, regardless of the artistic merit of any of his work.Throughout his career, Banton has performed music that promotes a culture of violence against lesbian and gay people; he sings in "Boom, Bye Bye" that "faggots get up and run" when he comes, that "they have to die," and that he will shoot them in the head or "burn them up bad." He is completely unrepentant, refuses to stop performing the song, and recently said, "There is no end to the war between me and faggots."Banton's music has helped foster such an anti-gay culture in his home country of Jamaica -- where several prominent gay activists and many other LGBT people have been murdered -- that Time magazine recently asked, 'Is Jamaica the most homophobic place on Earth?' Banton himself was charged with a violent anti-gay hate crime.It's an affront to LGBT people, and to all fair-minded people around the world, that Buju Banton was even nominated. We certainly hope the members of the Recording Academy will not bestow the prestigious honor of a Grammy on someone whose music promotes murder."
Friday, December 4, 2009
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